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S.R. No. 144, as introduced: 90th Legislative Session (2017-2018) Posted on February 20, 2018

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2honoring Kao Ly Llean Her.
1.3WHEREAS, Kao Ly Llean Her immigrated to the United States as a refugee after the Vietnam War as a child;
1.5WHEREAS, in search of the American dream, Kao Ly went on to pursue higher education, receiving a Bachelor
1.6of Arts in International Relations from Hamline University in 1991 as a Minnesota Minority Scholar Fellow and a Juris
1.7Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1994, where she also served the Minnesota Journal of Global
1.8Trade as Managing Editor and Staff Writer, Asian-American Law Student Association on the Executive Committee,
1.9and at International Human Rights and Immigration Law Clinic, which significantly prepared and sculpted her career
1.10in public service; and
1.11WHEREAS, Kao Ly worked as a Diversity Coordinator at Minnesota’s Department of Employee Relations
1.12in the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity after graduation, enforcing and implanting state and federal equal
1.13employment opportunities from 1996 to 1997; and
1.14WHEREAS, in 1997, Kao Ly became the first Hmong woman to serve as the Executive Director of the State
1.15of Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, a state agency created by the Legislature to advocate for this
1.16community and to advise the state government on issues of importance to them; and
1.17WHEREAS, during her tenure there, Kao Ly authored a number of research projects and publications regarding
1.18Asian Americans on issues such as student facts, economic contributions, youth and workforce, crime prevention,
1.19religious practices, health disparities, women’s dialogue, restoring economic vitality, and more; and
1.20WHEREAS, in 2012, Kao Ly went on to become the Chief Executive Officer of Hmong Elder Center, managing
1.21operations, staff, and financials of social services to serve the needs of Hmong elders; and
1.22WHEREAS, Kao Ly also has a huge passion for youth, founding AMAY with college friends in 1995 to
1.23connect and mentor Asian youth for guidance in educational and career development, creating Asian Pacific Youth
1.24Leadership Retreat in 2008 in partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Diversity and Equity Division
1.25to promote educational achievement, founding and directing Asian Pacific Youth Council, a leadership program, and
1.26currently serves on Hmong Women’s Leadership Institute, a leadership training program for young Hmong women
1.27professionals; and
1.28WHEREAS, Kao Ly also served on the Board of St. Paul Foundation’s Asian Pacific Endowment for Community
1.29Fund from 2002 to 2004, the Board of Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Endowment Campaign in 2010, and has
1.30been involved in a number of philanthropic initiatives such as Chad and Bee Her Fund in Minnesota Philanthropic
1.31Partners in 2012 and the Hmong Women’s Fund for Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in 2009; and
1.32NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that it celebrates and
1.33honors all of Kao Ly’s contributions and service to the people of Minnesota and her extensive work on Asian American
1.34issues which have made Minnesota a better place for all.
1.35BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is directed to prepare an enrolled copy of
1.36this resolution, to be authenticated by the Secretary's signature and that of the Chair of the Senate Rules and
1.37Administration Committee, and transmit it to Kao Ly Llean Her.
Cal R. LudemanSecretary of the Senate Paul E. GazelkaChair, Senate Committee onRules and Administration
Foung HawjState Senator, District 67

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